- I cut out Stylearc's Jane overshirt yesterday. I am thinking of the short sleeve version as sort of a camp shirt for the summer as it is dartless, has a yoke, and I like a cotton shirt that doesn't stick to my ribs, not that my ribs are all that easy to find these days. My all time favourite shirt, now 22 years old and still worn this week, is a camp shirt I can't give up because the print is funny. Can't find any snappy prints locally but have some dots that will do. This will be an easy project and a test run of another Stylearc and the last one I brought with me.
- Do a bunch of Pattern reviews. I am way behind in this and need to share some things.
- Make another House Bra or two. Have the fabric, have the Koolaid to dye some elastic. Of course would wear these immediately.
What's not on this list?
The elephant in the room, or more specifically the bag in the closet.
My Chanel jacket.
The universe has been reminding me that I have committed to do this.
Erica Bunker posted that Chanel video to her blog.
Stylearc released a new Chanel jacket pattern called the Coco jacket, which looks to me like a pretty easy to sew almost jean jacket with trim.
And I am ready to go with a Chanel jacket.
I took the excellent French Jacket course on Pattern Review in January, which I thoroughly enjoyed even if I only got as far as a decent muslin. I have enough fabric and lining for two nice jackets. I have enough trim and chain collected to sink a battleship.
I would really, really like to have a jacket for the next school year that was as comfortable as everyone says it is.
So what's stopping me?
All my sewing friends who say things like 80 hours of hand-sewing and never again. The seriousness of the whole project, the pressure to do it right, like this is sort of the Phd. of sewing and the Chanel jacket is your dissertation defense.
Now I quite like hand-sewing. It is compatible with TV watching and husband listening, although I have never done it for 80 hours straight. I am capable of doing serious sewing. I am sure I am.
But why am I not jumping out of bed to do it?
Have I turned into some kind of Hawaiian shirt wearing slacker? Have I turned into someone who eats cherry pie in the middle of the afternoon while sitting on an exercise ball? Have I lost my capacity for sewing endurance?
Would I thank myself when it is done? Is this the best way to spend my last two weeks in a hotel room with a fox terrier? Is this the only thing to do in a hotel room with a fox terrier? Would I ever do it otherwise?
Should I say to hell with it and order the Stylearc pattern and whip that up without quilting the lining when I get home?
Should I do a bit everyday and post about it in the hope you all can drag me through it?
What would you do if you were me?